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Social Enterprise Institute November Newsletter

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In This Issue

From Our Director
News/Student Spotlight
Upcoming Events
Internships & Co-ops
New Courses
Other Opportunities

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From Our Director

A Growing NU Curriculum to Meet Global Needs for Social Entrepreneurs

As the impact of social enterprise grows around the world, we in turn are growing our capacity to meet the market need for a new generation of highly motivated and well trained social entrepreneurs. Consistent with the unique mission and approach of Northeastern, our social enterprise curriculum is student-centered, practice oriented, and global. Our focus is on design, development and finance for enterprises working in poverty reduction and economic development in low income countries and communities. We teach students how business and business principles can be a force for global good, especially when inspired and informed young people lead the way toward positive change, meaningful impact and broadly shared value. Read more here


News/Student Spotlight

Sarah Hodsdon guest blogs about her independent study project in Kenya.
Read about Amanda Prifti's co-op with Partners in Health.
Kate Pellegrino guest blogs about her co-op experience with TSiBA education in South Africa.
Christian Shannon reflects on his global experiences in the Philippines, Costa Rica, Japan, and South Africa.


Upcoming Events

Molloy Lecture Series featuring Janji, on Value Creation: Starting a Social Business

Thursday, November 15 from 6:00-7:15 PM at 101 Churchill Hall

RSVP at Eventbrite

In this joint Molloy-Social Enterprise Lecture Series, founders Spandorfer and Burnstein will discuss their experiences as relatively young entrepreneurs starting a social business and their motivations for doing well by doing good. Janji is ALSO HIRING CO-OPS! FREE PIZZA!


Food Day 2012 Cooking Class

Sunday, November 18th from 5-7 PM at The Haley House Bakery Café

Space is limited so RSVP now here.

Take Back the Kitchen at Haley House in collaboration with Go Local MetroBoston are offering an opportunity to learn delicious nutritious cooking with a “hands-on” approach from Chef Vanessa LaBranche in a real restaurant kitchen.


Co-op Opportunities

Social Enterprise Co-op
S3IDF is a small, internationally focused nonprofit organization whose mission is to alleviate poverty by providing small-scale infrastructure - energy, water, sanitation, transport and telecommunications - and related services through local enterprises. Compensation for this role is a $10,000 stipend for six months. To apply, please contact Esther Chewning via MyNEU COOL.

Third Sector Capital Partners

Third Sector Capital Partners
Project Management Co-op
At Third Sector Capital Partners, we are guided by the principle that all communities deserve the opportunity to thrive. We believe in the importance of bringing high-performing, evidence-based social innovations to scale, in a way that is financially sustainable. TSCP mission is to accelerate America's transition to a performance-driven social sector. Compensation for this role is $1,500-$1,600 a month. To apply, please contact Esther Chewning via MyNEU COOL.

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Partners in Health
International Operations Assistant
Partners In Health (PIH), headquartered in Boston, MA, is an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. PIH has major programs in Haiti, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Burundi, Kazakhstan, the Dominican Republic, and Boston. Compensation for this role is $5,000 for six months. To apply, please contact Esther Chewning via MyNEU COOL.


Esperanza International
Microfinance Fellow

Esperanza will have two open positions for the spring 2013 for NEU students within the Coop program. These positions will support the Communications and Resources department as a Field Interns. The main responsibility of the position will be, but not limited to, collect marketing materials for our website and social media as well as giving support with NEU visit in May 2013. For more information please contact, Fellowship Esperanza



Incredible Marketing Opportunity at Gradeable!

Gradeable is building a future where learning is personal.  We help teachers target instruction so that each student gets excited and gets the most out of school.  If you want to make a difference in the lives of millions of children, join our team!

Gradeable seeking a Programming Intern

We're bringing cutting edge technology to the classroom and you can help us do it. Our tech spans mobile computer vision to scalable, cloud-based infrastructure. If coding the education tools of the future sounds exciting to you, get in touch immediately! Visit here

International Vittana Fellow

If you’re looking for a hands-on experience working abroad at the leading edge of social entrepreneurship, microfinance, and education, we want to hear from you! For more information contact Nikki SanchezComeau, our Global Program Associate at

Internship at Ashoka U

In 2008, Ashoka U launched as a program of Ashoka, because after three decades of working with leading social entrepreneurs, we realized that far more changemakers were needed to become the architects of a sustainable and flourishing society. For this, we see immense potential in the institution of the university as platform that educates the next generation of leaders, while advancing cross-sector collaboration, innovation, and social impact. We have many crucial internship roles available: Live Communications Internship, Exchange Event Management Internship, Changemaker Campus Impact Assessment Design Internship and Field Building Research Internship. More information about the positions please click here.

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Volunteering Opportunities in Partners in Health!

Partners In Health (PIH), headquartered in Boston, is an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Please apply directly on the PIH Website for The IT Volunteer and the The Office Volunteer positions.

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Other Opportunities

Compass Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs

BSBA Entrepreneurship student Conrad Cheeks recently returned from a six month co-op in Washington DC with the Compass Fellowship Program. Already launched at Tufts University and Boston College, the Compass Fellowship is a unique community of 15 freshmen Fellows and 5 upperclassmen Mentors who want to become social entrepreneurs! For more information on how to get involved, please contact Conrad Cheeks by email.

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Social Impact Exchange 2013 Business Plan Competition

The Social Impact Exchange is a national membership association dedicated to scaling effective social solutions that can improve the lives of millions of individuals. For more information, please visit the Social Impact Exchange website here.

The 2013 Ride Against AIDS application is now available!

The Ride Against AIDS is a unique and powerful cross-country bike ride dedicated to raising funds and awareness for FACE AIDS. First undertaken in 2007 by two friends, the Ride is now an annual program embedded in FACE AIDS culture. For any questions about the Ride please contact Claire Gibson, at

Global Brigades

Global Brigade Info Session

Meetings: Monday @ 6pm, 410 Ell Hall
Next Info Session: Nov 14, 107 Robinson, 7pm
Application Deadline: Nov 24

Global Brigades is the worlds largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization in the world. Northeastern has set-up a microfinance chapter and is running a microfinance brigade to Honduras from March 2nd-8th. Come to our info session to find out more or email us at

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New Course Offerings!

Advanced Topics in Social Enterprise (ENTR 4506)

Professor Dennis Shaughnessy will be teaching the Advanced Topics in Social Entrepreneurship Senior Capstone course Mon/Thurs from 11:45am-1:25pm, Course Description and CRN can be found here.

In the course, our students will learn about rural poverty, and the role of agricultural cooperatives specializing in fair-trade has in lifting poor smallholder farmers out of extreme poverty. In particular, our students will examine how new and innovative methods of financing, technical assistance, and consulting can assist in the growth and prosperity of these cooperatives, and in turn can permanently lift rural families out of extreme poverty. This course includes an eight day field component in Nicaragua. For more information, please contact

Business Model Design for Social Impact (ENTR 2320)

Professor Gordon K. Adomdza is offering a new class this Spring! This is a great opportunity for those who want to bring creativity and innovation to business, in helping the poor improve their livelihoods.

At the end of the semester, students taking this course may have the opportunity to secure 6-month local and international co-op positions to assist deployment partners as they implement business models developed in the course. The course is sponsored by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) with curriculum support from the Base of the Pyramid Innovation Group at Delft University, one of the world’s leading design schools.


Past Events

Venture Well and Village Capital Boston Event

Wednesday, October 24th from 6-7pm at Northeastern University

On the 24th of October, Joseph Steig came to Northeastern University to talk about a new program created by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance with the help of Venture Well and Village Capital. Read more here


Contact Us

For all inquires, please con­tact the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute at

For more information, check out our
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360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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